The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 1: The Hobbit (1977)

“I’m Mr. Bilbo Baggins, I’ve lost my dwarves, my wizard and my way.” Before director Peter Jackson’s hugely successful adaption of The Lord of The Rings, and his equally ambitious interpretation of The Hobbit, there were other attempts to bring the world of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth to the screen. Three animated adaptions in particular formed their … Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 1: The Hobbit (1977)

Willow (1988)

After the phenomenal success of his original Star Wars trilogy George Lucas tried his hand at another movie genre, albeit this time with limited success. This week’s entry in the Taint the Meat 1980s fantasy film season is Willow, from 1988.

The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 3: The Return of the King (1980)

“And lo, as foretold, the epic of the Return of the King ends at the beginning of the new age of man” The third instalment in this early Tolkien movie ‘trilogy’ is a bit of an oddity. After the proposed sequel to Ralph Bakshi’s animated The Lord of the Rings was cancelled, fans probably thought they’d never see … Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 3: The Return of the King (1980)

The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 2: The Lord of the Rings (1978)

“One ring to rule them all; one ring to find them. One ring to keep them all, and in the darkness bind them!” After the success of The Hobbit TV special of 1977, Tolkien fans didn’t have to wait long for the next Middle-earth adaption – less than a year in fact. On 15th November 1978 … Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 2: The Lord of the Rings (1978)